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A Unified Access Layer Forces Changes to Infrastructure Thinking at the Edge of the Network

Published: 20 March 2012

ID: G00229413

Analyst(s): Mark Fabbi , Tim Zimmerman


Limited IT resources, increased mobility and reduced IT budgets are providing catalysts for the buying behavior at the edge of the network. This research looks at how these changes are driving a unified access layer.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • Impact: Wireless LANs will address new connectivity requirements, and enterprises will rightsize the edge of the network by re-evaluating how wired ports are used and eliminate unneeded ports
  • Impact: IT organizations will reduce the complexity and costs of provisioning and managing network components by eliminating the need for duplicate network applications and consoles
  • Impact: Network service application innovation is being delivered by WLAN vendors, and enterprises will purchase this new function across the edge of the network to both wired and wireless clients

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